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Seven Things You Need to Bring to #PTACon16

“What am I going to wear? Am I going to get there on time? What am I going to bring?” You’re not the only one asking these questions. This year’s 2016 Annual National PTA Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fl. is fast approaching and we want you to be prepared! Here are some items we believe you should bring along with you to this year’s Convention … [Read More...]

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Voting is Key to Education Reform

Education—the answer to many of the problems ailing our country—is getting the least amount of attention from the candidates on the presidential campaign trail. According to a November 2015 Gallup poll, only 4% of Americans consider education or education policy to be the most important problem facing our nation. Respondents instead cited the economy, poorly … [Read More...]

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How A Teacher Helped My Son—and Me—Aim Higher

This blog was originally posted on Impatient Optimists. Several years ago, I was taking daily flights between Minneapolis and Chicago, all because of my child’s first-grade teacher. Due to some family troubles, my son, Mateo, was living in Illinois, while I worked in Minneapolis. Mateo’s teacher, Mrs. Woods, called me because she was having trouble getting … [Read More...]

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7 Ways Teachers Are Using GoFundMe to Make a Difference

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we wanted to celebrate seven teachers who embody the GoFundMe spirit of helping people and spreading empathy. We’re always amazed and delighted to see the creative, inspiring ways educators use our platform, and we think you’ll be impressed, too. iPads in the classroom to help ESL students learn English Mrs. Ellis … [Read More...]

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Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Day + Live Webcast

One in five children in the U.S. lives with a mental health condition and research shows that about 50% of all mental disorders that happen in adulthood can be identified as early as the age of 14. Learning that your child may have a mental disorder may be challenging, but it’s important to know that children can and do recover from such conditions. Early … [Read More...]

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week 2016!

National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. It’s a time to celebrate teachers—like myself—for their hard work, dedication and commitment to our children and their success. Every day teachers touch the lives of millions of children and change them for the better. They are real life superheroes. This year, we have joined … [Read More...]